To our valued patients,
Just yesterday, there was an email sent out from Smile Designers informing you of the enhanced measures being taken to make our practice a safe place to deliver dental care. A few short hours later, notification was sent to all dental offices in Minnesota from the Minnesota Board of Dentistry (MNBOA) and the Minnesota Dental Association (MDA) that recommended no ELECTIVE treatment be rendered for fourteen days. This is NOT because dental offices are unsafe. Their reasoning is two fold:
1. Reducing dental visits allows us to preserve the limited supply of personal protective equipment (Gloves, masks, protective eyeware, etc) critical for emergency dental care and for frontline health care personnel responding to the pandemic.
2. Dental offices concentrating on emergency dental care will allow for care of emergency patients and alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments and urgent care facilities.
Beginning this Wednesday, March 18, through March 27 only emergency dental care will be rendered on a limited basis at Smile Designers. By implementing this recommendation, Smile Designers will be doing its part as health care professionals to play a role in helping limit infections and free up resources to assist the medical community to mount a vigorous response to this growing pandemic.
If you have an appointment with Smile Designers from March 18 through March 27 your appointment will need to be rescheduled. We will be in contact with you to do the reschedule after March 30. If from March 18 – 27th, you are experiencing any dental pain or swelling, please call our office and you will be scheduled to address your emergency need.
Michael R. Thomas, DDS